ALL Our “Needs” Will Be Met :) – Joy in Giving – PHILIPPIANS (Chapter 4) [11 of 11]

This post wraps up Paul’s letter to the Philippians.

Before Paul explains how we can experience Joy in Giving, he gives his readers a couple of important reminders…

—–  Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. – Phil. 4:4-5

—- Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by 1. prayer and supplication (humbly asking or begging another to provide something) 2. with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  And = the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. –  Phil. 4:6-7

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Then Paul reminds his readers that they should focus their mind and thoughts on…

whatever is…

  •  true,
  • honorable,
  • right,
  • pure,
  • lovely,
  • commendable,

IF there is any excellence and IF anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. –  Phil. 4:8

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Lastly, Paul thanks the people of Philippi for their generosity.  He points out to them, that no other church gave him financial help when he brought them the Good News.  – Phil. 4:15-16

Although Paul says in verses 11-13,  …  I am not speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.  I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me. 

Nevertheless, Paul is appreciative and grateful for the Philippians care of him – Even so, you have done well to share with me in my present difficulty. –  Phil 4:14

Let’s flip back a couple of books in our Bible from Philippians to 1 Corinthians.  In 1 Corinthians, Paul clearly sets an expectation for those who are receiving and benefiting from being taught the Gospel.  We have planted good spiritual seed among you.  Is it too much to ask, in return, for mere food and clothing?  If you support others who preach to you, shouldn’t we have an even greater right to be supported?  …The Lord gave orders that those who preach the Good News should be supported by those who benefit from it.  –  1 Corinthians 9:11-12,14

 

SO HOW WILL I EXPERIENCE THE JOY IN GIVING?

Paul says, here is God’s promise to those who are generous.

This same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.  –  Phil 4:19

So God taught Paul two important lessons which he passes along to us…

  1.   How to be content in any circumstance.
  2.   He, God, is the provider of ALL our material and spiritual “needs”.

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IF YOU MISSED ANY OF THE PREVIOUS PHILIPPIANS POSTS, SEE THE LINKS BELOW:

Want to Know a Secret??  –  PHILIPPIANS  (Introduction)  – [1]  –   http://wp.me/p5nZpi-mp

Really??  There Can Be Joy In Suffering??  –  PHILIPPIANS  (Chapter 1a)  –  [2]  –  http://wp.me/p5nZpi-mF

Blessing and Being Blessed 🙂  –  Joy in Serving  –  PHILIPPIANS (Chapter 2a)   [4]  –  http://wp.me/p5nZpi-nA

Yeah, but I’ve Got the “Creds”!!  –  Joy in Believing –  PHILIPPIANS  (Chapter 3a)   [8]  –  http://wp.me/p5nZpi-sk

 

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I Pray, Does God Hear Me, Does He Answer Me?? – (Part 2 of 3)

The LORD hears his people when they call to him for help. He rescues them from all their troubles.  –  Psalm 34:17

 

In my last post, I Pray, Does God Hear Me, Does He Answer Me??  –  (Part 1), http://wp.me/p5nZpi-hK, we were left with this unanswered question:                                                                   HAS GOD ANSWERED THIS STUDENT’S PRAYER?

ANSWER:                                                                                                                                                   This is an interesting question, and my answer would be YES!  No, God did not come out and say, “College “B” is the school I’ve chosen for you, if you go there everything will be perfect.”  However, God is guiding this student towards clarity.

IS GOD ANSWERING MY PRAYER EVEN THOUGH I STILL HAVE SO MANY QUESTIONS, AND FEEL SO UNCERTAIN?

Sometimes in life there is not a definitive answer, but more than one good option.  For example, I have the choice to pick chocolate, strawberry, or vanilla ice cream.  If I choose vanilla, is that wrong? Or if I choose strawberry, am I right?  No, all three flavors are great choices, it’s just a matter of which I’d prefer.

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There are times, however, when there is a clear right and wrong choice.  For example, the drinking age is 21 years old, and I am 18 years old.  I choose to drink even though it’s against the law.  Clearly a wrong choice.

God has given people free will.  And exercising our free will enables us to make decisions based on our preferences.  When we are actively seeking God’s will, He will help us think through our options to determine the best fit for us. By allowing us to do some of the “leg-work”, guided by His promptings, we will feel more confident that the decisions we make are inline with God’s will for us.

Important to Remember:  What is good for one person, may or may not be good for you, or me.  Every person’s journey through life is unique to them.  As unique as their fingerprint.

vector-fingerprint                                                                                                                                                                    This is why it is so important to seek God’s will.  He created us, and He has an awesome plan for our lives. For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.  –  Jeremiah 29:11

HOW SHOULD I PROCEED THEN?

For the answer to the above question, take a look at:                                                                               I Pray, Does God Hear Me, Does He Answer Me??  –  (Part 3),  – http://wp.me/p5nZpi-ij                       and,  I Pray, Does God Hear Me, Does He Answer Me??  –  (Part 1) – http://wp.me/p5nZpi-h

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